Saul Bellow: To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account

(210 words)

To Jerusalem and Back (1976) was written during 1975, the year in which Bellow married mathematician Alexandra Ionescu Tulcea and spent three months in Israel with her while she taught at Hebrew University. During this year he read many articles and books on Israel and interviewed numerous Jewish government and cultural leaders. The book combines these firsthand accounts and provides a somewhat journalistic chronology of his stay, along with fictional stories, reported conversations, travelogue, bits of essays, and pieces of public addresses. It earned Bellow the label of “neoconservative” and a number of negative reviews. According to some critics he did not interview enough people involved in the arts, medicine, science,…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Cronin, Gloria. "To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 October 2003
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Travel writing
  2. Jewish American Writing